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Aircraft Factories and manufacturers / Re: Reginald Wells seaplanes
« Last Post by Cosmo Smallpiece on July 01, 2020, 11:41:45 PM »
I missed out the best character in the Wells Aviation Co. The Italian Submariner reservist who taught British aviators. Started instructing at Hendon before joining Wells at Cobnor Aerodrome.



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General Discussion / Re: Guess the Place
« Last Post by John Walker on July 01, 2020, 08:13:11 PM »
Looks very second-rate compared to the streamlined and very tidy Hitachi works.
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General Discussion / Re: Guess the Place
« Last Post by John Walker on July 01, 2020, 06:52:45 PM »
That's the place Pete.  Can be seen from Leacon Road.
Over to you ...
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General Discussion / Re: Guess the Place
« Last Post by grandarog on July 01, 2020, 06:49:43 PM »
I reckon Pete, foundthem.
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General Discussion / Re: Guess the Place
« Last Post by Pete on July 01, 2020, 06:31:19 PM »
Hitachi works  Chart Leacon Bombardier works
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General Discussion / Re: Guess the Place
« Last Post by Pete on July 01, 2020, 06:23:45 PM »
Hitachi works
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General Discussion / Re: Guess the Place
« Last Post by John Walker on July 01, 2020, 05:40:13 PM »
Can be seen on Google Street View.
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General Discussion / Re: Guess the Place
« Last Post by John Walker on July 01, 2020, 05:39:39 PM »
Very close Pete  ;)   But no cigar yet ...
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Aircraft Factories and manufacturers / Re: Reginald Wells seaplanes
« Last Post by Cosmo Smallpiece on July 01, 2020, 05:19:45 PM »
Cosmo, Amazing that you've found out all this, many thanks. Who'd have thought that a potter who had a great interest in aeroplanes, would end up with a factory to manufacture them! Apart from the advert saying they were agents & builders of the Benoist flying boat, there doesn't appear anywhere about them actually doing so for certain. Unless you know otherwise?


There seems to have been an eclectic bunch at Wells Aviation. Besides Wells at the head, there was another notable artist/sculpter as his right hand man. The aircraft designer was a building architect!


They seem to have eventually built one Benoist seaplane, which never got to fly. At the time of going broke they had ordered but not yet built a replacement.
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General Discussion / Re: Guess the Place
« Last Post by Pete on July 01, 2020, 03:13:02 PM »
Old Ashford Railway works?

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